THRONE SPEECH AT A GLANCENova Scotia’s speech from the throne highlights the five priorities for the government as it lays out its vision for the future. THE NEW NOVA SCOTIAGovernment will focus on educating to compete, protecting the environment, better roads and infrastructure, safer, healthier communities and shorter wait times. EDUCATING TO COMPETE There will be new provincial standards in the classroom under a plan called Learning for Life III: Learning to Excel. Special attention will be paid to mathematics and literacy programs. Post-secondary students will benefit from a continued freeze on university tuition. Further tuition reductions are planned, and a new program will significantly reduce the interest paid on student loans. Recognizing that education doesn’t end in Grade 12, or at a post-secondary institution, government will work to meet changing demands on our workers through improved access to training and skills development. A new Ministry of Labour and Workforce Development will focus on recruitment, retention, repatriation and retraining to ensure Nova Scotia is prepared to deal with a shortage of skilledworkers affecting all of Canada. PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENTSpecial attention will be paid to environmental issues with the creation of a new department focused solely on the environment. This will better enable the government to meet the standardsit has set for 2020. Efforts will continue to harness the wind and tides as Nova Scotia becomes a world leader in green and renewable energy. Government realizes there is great value to Nova Scotia’s rugged coastline and will ensure a coastal management framework is in place within two years. BETTER ROADS AND INFRASTRUCTUREThere will be dramatic improvements to the province’s roads and infrastructure. Roads from Yarmouth to Sydney will be twinned and modernized by 2020. Strategic partnerships with the private sector will allow the province to overcome an $8-billion infrastructure deficit without running up a budget deficit. This will lead to new roads, schools, recreation facilities and court houses. Government will deliver on its commitment to provide broadband Internet service to all of Nova Scotia by 2009. SAFER, HEALTHIER COMMUNITIESNova Scotia streets and communities will be safer and healthier. Planned legislation will deal with crosswalk safety, soliciting on public roadways and street racing. Government remains committed to having more police officers on the streets of our communities. All recommendations coming from the Nunn Commission have been accepted and are being implemented. These include developing a provincial youth strategy and creating a new youth attendance centre and bail supervision programs in Halifax. Nova Scotians will be the first in the Maritimes to have access to a family pharmacare program. This will be especially beneficial to the 180,000 residents who are not covered by a drug plan. SHORTER WAIT TIMESThe government will continue towards the goal of reducing wait times for medical services. There will be a wait-time guarantee for cancer radiation therapy. More long-term care beds are being made available. Nova Scotia has the highest number of doctors per capita in the country, and even more health-care professionals want to work in Nova Scotia. Recognizing that reducing wait times is both ashort- and long-term project, government has strategies in place that will make Nova Scotians healthier, thus reducing the demand on services. Young children are being taught about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Hundreds of kilometres of walking trails will allow them to maintain that lifestyle into adulthood. -30- NOTE: The speech from the throne is on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/house_business/thronehighlights.html .
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The front entrance of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The gymnasium stage at the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The YMCA’s new daycare at the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The YMCA’s new daycare at the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The YMCA’s new daycare at the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The loft inside the YMCA’s new daycare at the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Two sombrero’s inside the music room of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Instruments inside the music room of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Acoustic dampers inside the music room of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Inside the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s office. Photo by Chris Newton Inside the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s office. Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District #60 Assistant Superintendent of Special Projects Doug Boyd gave members of the Fort St. John media a tour of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School on Monday.The new school, which began construction less than two years ago, will be opening its doors to parents and students for the first day of school, which is taking place on Tuesday, September 4th.A photo gallery from the tour, as well as a video showing the entire tour, can be found below.
Rabat – Algeria’s denial tour continues, as the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs repeatedly denies its responsibility in the Polisario-Hezbollah collusion.In the last few weeks, Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been pointing fingers at its eastern neighbor after its decision to cut ties with Iran over the “proven” support of Hezbollah for the Polisario Front.Last week, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita accused Algeria of directly supporting Hezbollah-Polisario collusion. Bourita, in an interview with Jeune Afrique, said Algeria has backed the collusion by “giving an opening, backing, and operational support.”“Some meetings between the Polisario and Hezbollah were held in a secret Algiers hideout, ” he added,Bourita also presented Tehran with a detailed document containing evidence of the country’s collusion.Spokesperson for the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abdelaziz Benali Cherif underplayed Algeria’s role in the ongoing tension, saying “instead of producing the ‘irrefutable’ proof that he claims to hold, the Moroccan minister has chosen the track of mystification and fabrication.”Quoted by French news agency AFP, Cherif added that Algeria “wishes to express its strong condemnation and total rejection of the irresponsible remarks made against it.”The Algerian official called Morocco’s accusations “unfounded and unjustified,” describing Morocco’s stance as a “virulent campaign” against Algeria.Algeria and Iran have continued to deny their involvement. However, Bourita stated that Morocco “would not have bothered to submit a file to Tehran if its [evidence] was not solid.”“The file was carefully prepared, for weeks, on the basis of information collected and cross-checked over several months,” said Bourita, adding that the document summarizes “proven and precise facts: dates of visits by senior officers of Hezbollah in Algeria, dates and venues of meetings with Polisario officials, and a list of names of agents involved in these contacts.”The file presented to Tehran includes the names of officials who traveled to Tindouf camps to meet the Polisario Front and to oversee training sessions.According to Bourita, the list includes: Haidar Sobhi Habib, chief of Hezbollah’s external operations; Ali Moussa Dakdouk, military advisor to Hezbollah; and Haj Abou Wael Zalzali, head of military training and logistics.Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already made its stance clear on Algeria’s denial. On May 3, the ministry dismissed Algeria’s attempt to distance itself, asserting that it “understands Algeria’s embarrassment,” especially regarding the evidence that Morocco demonstrated to show the connection between the parties.
Rabat – The Algerian Committee for the Opening of the Alerian-Moroccan Land Border has fulfilled its commitment to hold a peaceful sit-in to urge both the Moroccan and Algerian governments to reopen the border between the two countries.On August 13, a group of activists held a sit-in at the Colonel Lotfi Border, condemning the continuous closure of the border between Rabat and Algiers.One of the activists said that it is necessary for the two countries to reopen the border for the people. The activist said, “We arrived here at the Colonel Lotfi Border to say in one voice that it is a must to open the border between Morocco and Algeria.”“There is no political, moral or historical justification for closing the border for decades. Today there are two peoples who should be saved from gangs’ rule. Today, we are asking with a loud voice that these borders must be for our Moroccan brothers,” the activist added.The activist concluded his statement, saying “long Live Algeria, long live Morocco, long live the peoples of both countries.The border between the two countries has been closed since 1994 after Rabat imposed visa regulations on Algerian citizens. Rabat’s decision came following a terrorist attack on the Atlas Asni Hotel in Marrakech.Lawyer Fatima Ezzahra, one of the activists who attended the peaceful sit-in, said that the protest aims to remove the security barrier implemented at the border of the two countries to become one people “as what we have always been.”The Algerian committee’s call for a peaceful sit-in came after King Mohammed VI renewed his call for more dialogue with Algeria in his Throne Day speech on July 29.In the speech, the King said that Morocco will continue its commitment to the “policy of the outstretched hand towards our Algerian brothers, out of loyalty to the bonds of rooted in brotherhood, religion, language, and good-neighborliness that have always existed between the peoples of the two sister nations.”There is speculation that Algeria has started to study the possibility of reopening the border with Morocco. Earlier this month, Independent Arabia quoted a source, who said that Algerian sovereign authority” is consulting with academies on the reopening of closed land border with Morocco. The authority ordered a study to discuss the “most effective way to open land border.”
8 killed in chemical accident at Thai bank’s headquarters In this Sunday, March 13, 2016, image taken from video, rescue workers stand by the covered victims of an accident at Siam Commercial Bank’s headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. A number of people died and others were injured at the headquarters of one of Thailand’s largest banks when workers accidentally released fire extinguishing chemicals during an upgrade of the building’s safety system on Sunday evening, March 13. (Thai PBS via AP Video) THAILAND OUT, TV OUT, NO SALES by The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2016 6:42 am MDT Last Updated Mar 14, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BANGKOK – Eight people died at the headquarters of one of Thailand’s largest banks when workers accidentally triggered the release of fire extinguishing chemicals during an upgrade of the building’s safety system, officials said Monday.Seven other people were injured in the accident, which occurred Sunday night in the basement of the Siam Commercial Bank’s headquarters in Bangkok.The bank said in a statement that an initial investigation found that the accident was caused by “negligence on the part of our contractors hired to improve fire protection in the building.”Workers were upgrading a fire extinguishing system in a document archive room in the bank’s basement when the accident occurred, causing the release of Pyrogen aerosol, officials said. They did not elaborate.Police were investigating the accident and the bank said it would release more information after a meeting of its board members Monday.Pyrogen is a chemical fire retardant normally intended to deprive fire of oxygen and is typically used in places where extinguishing a fire with water would damage documents or equipment.Pyrogen’s website says the dense aerosol is “most effective in unoccupied areas such as data rooms, machinery and engine spaces” and other storage areas. It says people should avoid exposure to Pyrogen and any “accidental exposure to the aerosol should be limited to five minutes.”The bank identified those who died as a security guard and seven contractors.Bangkok’s Erawan medical emergency centre said five people died at the site of the accident and three died later at a hospital. It said the apparent cause of death was suffocation from insufficient oxygen, but that the official cause would not be known until autopsies are performed.Seven other people suffered suffocation-related injuries, including four who were in serious condition, Erawan said.
The department of Biological Sciences welcomes any BIOL/BMED/OEVI students interested in enrolling in an Honours Thesis or Library Research Essay for the 2016 calendar year to a brief information session on Thursday, March 17 5 p.m. in MCF 237.This event is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.
11Cincinnati154011Kansas City1532 27Chicago141927Cleveland1409 25N.Y. Jets144025N.Y. Jets1458 9Philadelphia15459New Orleans1540 2New England16752New England1653 32Tennessee133932Oakland1346 29Tampa Bay137729Tampa Bay1358 RANKTEAMRATINGRANKTEAMRATING 10Arizona154110Pittsburgh1536 We relaunched our NFL Elo power ratings on Thursday with a nifty interactive that lets you track where your team stands and how likely it is to win each game. But Elo isn’t the only statistical power rating out there; in fact, our NFL previews used predictions and rankings generated by ESPN’s new Football Power Index (FPI), a system of far greater complexity.1While Elo simply takes last year’s overall end-of-season ratings and regresses them to the mean, FPI adds some intricacies: It breaks a team’s quality down into components that measure its offense, defense and special teams, incorporates Vegas expectations, and employs subjective survey data from NFL experts. Since we plan to use both metrics in our NFL coverage throughout the season, we thought it would be interesting to look at how closely the two ratings mirror each other, as well as which teams fare better in each. (Note: To make an apples-to-apples comparison, I converted FPI to the same scale as Elo. I also updated the Elo-equivalent FPI ratings of New England and Pittsburgh to reflect Thursday night’s season-opening game.) 8Pittsburgh15528Baltimore1553 23St. Louis147723Minnesota1477 26Cleveland142226Chicago1444 28Oakland138928Washington1394 16San Francisco152916Buffalo1510 18Houston150518Detroit1501 30Washington137130Jacksonville1351 24Atlanta146224San Francisco1463 For the most part, Elo and FPI agree about the landscape of the league; the correlation coefficient between the two metrics is 0.94. But the fit isn’t perfect. 17San Diego152317Houston1508 13Detroit153813Arizona1526 12Kansas City154012Miami1530 20Miami148420N.Y. Giants1496 1Seattle16781Green Bay1653 22Minnesota147922St. Louis1484 5Dallas15905Denver1622 15Buffalo153415Carolina1515 4Denver15954Indianapolis1635 3Green Bay16013Seattle1642 6Indianapolis15816Dallas1592 ELOFPI 7Baltimore15777Philadelphia1564 14Carolina153614Cincinnati1525 31Jacksonville135731Tennessee1349 19New Orleans148619San Diego1497 Elo thinks more highly of 17 teams — including the San Francisco 49ers,2Probably because Elo has no idea they lost so much talent during the offseason. Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks3Thus continuing Elo’s ongoing crush on the Seahawks. and San Diego Chargers — than FPI does. Among the teams that FPI favors, on the other hand, are the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons.It’s tough to pinpoint exactly why the discrepancies exist in many cases (so many factors go into the FPI’s construction, in particular), but they’re worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses. 21N.Y. Giants148021Atlanta1495
In its desktop business, Microsoft‘s Windows operating system will run on just about anything with an x86 chip. Sure, there are minimum specs for each version of Windows, but these specs are actually backwards looking, not forward thinking. Microsoft does not set its minimum specs on the latest version of Windows in the interests of making sure that manufacturers make their Windows-based computers competitive with Macs; it sets the minimum specs to make sure Windows runs on as many computers out of the box as possible.For Windows Phone 7, Microsoft had to take the opposite approach. The only way to stay competitive with the likes of Apple and Google in the mobile operating system market was to make sure that the WP7 experience was just as cohesive and immersive as Android or iOS. That meant clamping down on the OEMs and making demands: either make your smartphones with this minimum spec, or shop around for another operating system.AdChoices广告So far, that strategy’s worked out pretty well for Microsoft, but smartphone hardware changes, and when you set your specs to make sure the hardware your operating system is running on is competitive with the competition, you’ll need to bump them occasionally. And in fact, that’s exactly what Microsoft has just done, unveiling the updated specifications for Windows Phone 7 handset’s chassis design.The big difference is the processor. Currently, all WP7 smartphones on the market are running the Qualcomm MSM8x50 Snapdragon processor, which is a 1GHz affair boasting Adreno 200 graphics. Microsoft just upped the ante to remain competitive with the likes of Apple‘s A5: the new spec requires a minimum Qualcomm’s MSM8x55, which also upgrades the graphics to an Adreno 205 GPU.It’s a small change, but as cores multiply, WP7’s changed chassis specs indicate a hard truth of the competitive smartphone market: with Apple in the game, nothing less than the best will do.Read more at Engadget
If you’ve ever wondered what kinds of rigors your smartphone go through in the lab before it ends up at your local wireless store, you’ll be happy to learn that Samsung is giving us a peek at its process. The company posted a video that shows everything from massive button mashing to a simulation of someone sitting down on the device.According to the video, Samsung smartphones go through at least five major tests before they can be given a seal of approval: a button-pressing test, a scratching test, a sitting test, a bending test, and a water test. Everything is automated so every device gets the exact same treatment and nothing is left up to lazy, imprecise humans.Perhaps the most interesting stress test is the one that tests the device’s ability to endure scratches. It is placed in a veritable torture machine filled with churning spikes and other objects. This one doesn’t seem to put the phone through its paces too severely but it is still cool to watch.Surely everyone has a story of a cell phone they accidentally dropped on the ground, or sat on, or put in the same pocket as their keys. And for as many people who ended up with an unusable phone after that incident, there is probably someone else whose phone got away unscathed.Samsung no doubt hopes this video will help sway at least some people to go with one of its phones for their next purchase. Granted, they might not be able to withstand the same kind of torture as Panasonic’s Toughpad, but it sure looks like Samsung takes some pretty strong measures to ensure its devices are durable.via Engadget
Ali, a former managing editor of Silicon Alley Reporter and reporter on Inside.com, did not immediately return a request seeking comment. Managing editor Ernie Sander is expected to take on added responsibilities in Ali’s absence.After launching the company with paidContent in 2002, Ali added a number of events as well as paidContent:UK, mobile-focused mocoNews.net, and contentSutra.com, which covers India’s digital content market. Guardian reportedly paid about $6 million for ContentNext.“I am leaving the company while the editorial is still at the peak of its reputation, even though we are half the teams we used to be,” Ali writes.In the note, Ali says his future beyond ContentNext is unclear. “Very likely it will be another startup, in a larger media and marketing space.” Nearly two years after selling the company to U.K.-based Guardian News, Rafat Ali Friday said he is stepping down as founder and editor of ContentNext Media Inc., publisher of digital media news site paidContent.org.In a note posted to the paidContent site, Ali—who founded the company eight years ago—says his departure will be effective in early July. He will stay on as an advisor through the end of the year.“For most of you who know me, this isn’t coming as a huge surprise,” Ali [pictured] writes. “I have been wrestling with this for months now, and the two-year mark under the Guardian and the eight-year mark since I lunched the first site, seems appropriate enough as a closure point.”
Hyderabad: Dr BR Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad is going to offer a three-year BA Degree Course in Geography through distance mode from the next academic year, informed the university in a press note issued on Sunday.An expert committee was constituted under the chairmanship of Prof Seetha Rama Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Dr BR Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad, which finalised the syllabus, course material etc. The teachers, staff, research scholars and students of Dept of Geography expressed gratitude to Prof. Seetha Rama Rao for extending his support and encouragement in this regard.
Hyderabad: A 20-year-old woman of Nagamayyakunta under Chikkadpally police station committed suicide on Thursday night. According to police, the woman lost her mother ten-years-ago and was living with her father, who is a watchman in a local cinema theatre. Family members suspected that she was depressed over her family financial crisis and was worried that her marriage expenses would become burden on her father, who earns a meagre income. On receipt of information, police registered a case and shifted her body to Gandhi hospital for autopsy. The police handed over her body to her family members on Friday afternoon.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. File PhotoThe Supreme Court will deliver its judgment on Tuesday on the two leave-to-appeal petitions filed challenging BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail granted by the High Court in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.A four-member Appellate Division bench led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain set the date after closing the law point arguments on Wednesday, reports UNB.Earlier on Tuesday, the SC adjourned for Wednesday the hearing on two leave-to-appeal petitions.On 19 March, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed Khaleda Zia’s bail until 8 May in the graft case in which she was convicted by the lower court and sent to jail.The SC also allowed the state and the ACC to file petitions against the HC order that granted bail to Khaleda.On 8 February, the Dhaka special court-5 convicted the former prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.She secured four months’ bail from the High Court in the case on 12 March.On 15 March, the ACC and the state filed two leave-to-appeal petitions before the Appellate Division challenging Khaleda Zia’s bail.Later, the Appellate Division stayed Khaleda Zia’s bail until 8 May in the case.Meanwhile, Khaleda Zia asked her lawyers to bring the matter of her ‘serious illness’ to the notice of the Supreme Court during the hearing on her bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case as they went to meet her on 5 May.
Participants pose for a photograph at a roundtable on ways to curb fire incidents organised by Prothom Alo at Karwan Bazar on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloDhaka North City Corporation mayor Atiqul Islam has said that building owners who will comply with fire safety checklists will get special concessions from authorities while those not adhering to the rules will face punishment.“The factories which will not comply with the checklist would be stripped off their trade license,” Atiqul told a roundtable on Sunday.Prothom Alo organised the roundtable on ways to curb fire incidents in association with Sheltech at the daily’s Karwan Bazar office.Mayor Atiqul urged the house owners to build awareness to ensure fire safety of their respective buildings.“I request all to take measures such as installing fire protection alarm, conducting fire drills and installing emergency exit sign so that no more lives are lost in fire,” Atiqul added.Terming the future of Dhaka city as hazardous, former chairman of University Grants Commission and urban development planner Nazrul Islam said, “We will face many problems without a master plan and detailed area plan for the city.”Dwelling on importance of efficient implementation of plans taken by government authorities, he said that honesty and accountability of the officials are most important.Nazrul Islam also stressed coordination among the government bodies for efficient urban management.Sheltech managing director Towfique M Seraj in his presentation pointed out several inconsistencies in related codes and stressed periodic reviews of the codes, including of Bangladesh National Building Code 2006.Terming the recent FR Tower fire incident as a wakeup call, BUET’s mechanical engineering department professor Maksud Helali called for consulting fire engineers before approving the design of any building.Institute of Architects Bangladesh’s former president Mobasshar Hossein underscored the need for introducing city government and empowering the city corporation mayor to ensure effective governance.BUET’s urban and regional planning department professor Ishrat Islam said that the developers who construct a building without following proper building code should be immediately banned.She also called for introducing fire insurance system for every building.Fire Service and Civil Defence’s outgoing director general Ali Ahmad Khan said that strengthening regulatory bodies is necessary for curbing fire incidents.He also called for setting area based hydrant system or water reservoir in Dhaka city.Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakka’s (RAJUK) chief engineer Raihanul Ferdous agreed that RAJUK failed to implement occupancy certificate system fully.RAJUK has failed to set up proper monitoring mechanism due to lack of manpower, he added.Prothom Alo associate editor Anisul Hoque, managing director of Building Technologies Ideas (BTI) FR Khan, former REHAB president Tasbirul Haque Proval, BUET’s professor of architecture department M Shahidul Ameen, BUET’s architecture department’s chief Nasrin Hossain, Bangladesh Institute of Planners’ general secretary Adil Mohammad Khan, and Sheltech director Samia Seraj, among others spoke at the roundtable moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayyum.
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaFor many, the words of a senior scientist who said physics “was invented and built by men,” stung. The words earlier this month of Professor Alessandro Strumia, who was suspended from working with the European nuclear research center, Cern, served as a reminder of the great accomplishments of Katherine Johnson, who recently turned 100.Celebrate indeed. Strumia also claimed in his controversial comments that physics is “becoming sexist against men.”Katherine Johnson’s work at NASA’s Langley Research Center spanned 1953 to 1986 and included calculating the trajectory of the early space launches. (Photo: NASA Sean Smith / Wikimedia Commons)“Let’s celebrate our sister leader, Katherine Johnson,” NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., said this week. “We’re reminded,” Chavis said, “of Johnson, who hand-crunched the numbers for America’s first manned space flight – a feat that finally got its Big Screen acknowledgement just two years ago. Katherine Johnson’s historic contributions to the evolution of applied mathematics and aerospace science epitomizes her genius to overcome the scientific challenges of her generation.”“Today, African American women in particular should be inspired by the example of Katherine Johnson in STEM career fields,” Chavis said. “The NNPA salutes Johnson’s transformative legacy that is no longer hidden.”The recipient of the 2015 National Medal of Freedom who was also recognized by People Magazine in 2016 as one of the 25 Women Changing the World, Johnson enjoyed a brilliant 33-year career at NASA. That portion of her life story was featured on the big screen in “Hidden Figures,” the award-winning movie, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe.In an earlier interview, she told NNPA Newswire that she missed working. “I’d go back now,” she said.After leaving her teaching job in 1953, Johnson began working for NASA, “hand” calculating the trajectories for several space missions, including for the famed space flight of Alan Shephard, the first American in space, and the trajectory for the famed 1968 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon.“I’d do them over if I had to. I’d do anything for anyone,” she said.At an early age, Johnson developed enviable math skills that are recounted on the NASA website in featured piece titled, “The girl who loved to count.” “I counted everything. I counted the steps to the road, the steps up to church, the number of dishes and silverware I washed … anything that could be counted, I did,” Johnson said.“I entered college, I was 15. I was going to be a math teacher because that was it. You could be a math teacher or a nurse, but I was told I would make a good research mathematician and they had me take all of the courses in the catalogue,” she said.When Astronaut John Glenn went to the moon, Johnson said her “Hidden Figures” crew acted as the computer for the mission. She said calculating everything involved in the flight became like a geometry problem.“I felt most proud of the success of the Apollo mission. We had to determine so much. Where you were, where the moon would be and how fast the astronauts were going,” Johnson said.“We were really concerned but the astronaut had to do it just as we laid it out. I was looking at the television and hoping that we were right,” she said.Born in 1918 in West Virginia, Johnson was a research mathematician, who by her own admission, was simply fascinated by numbers, according to her biography posted by NASA. By the age of 10, Johnson was a high school freshman – an amazing feat in an era when school for African-Americans normally stopped at eighth grade.Her father was determined that Johnson would have a chance to meet her potential. “He drove the family 120 miles to Institute, West Virginia, where I could continue my education through high school,” she said.An achiever at the highest level, Johnson graduated from high school at 14 and from college at 18.By 1953, the growing demands of early space research meant there were openings for African American “computers” (a term that held a different meaning at that time than it does today) at Langley Research Center’s Guidance and Navigation Department – and Johnson found the perfect place to put her extraordinary mathematical skills to work.Glenn requested that she personally recheck the calculations made by the new electronic computers before his flight aboard Friendship 7 – the mission on which he became the first American to orbit the Earth.She continued to work at NASA until 1986.Her calculations proved as critical to the success of the Apollo Moon landing program and the start of the Space Shuttle program as they did to those first steps on the country’s journey into space, according to NASA.Still, Johnson said the book, the Academy Award-nominated movie and her celebrated work with NASA aren’t her greatest accomplishments.“Just staying alive is the greatest accomplishment,” she said.
Darjeeling: The Sashashtra Seema Bal (SSB) apprehended a Nepalese citizen trying to sneak in a jar of crystallised snake venom from the country worth more than Rs 1 crore. The person has been arrested and later remanded to two days police custody by a Siliguri Court.The incident occurred on Thursday evening at Panitanki, the Indo-Nepal border near Siliguri. Troopers of the 41 Battalion of SSB were manning the Border OutPost when they saw the person acting suspiciously. He had crossed over from Nepal. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe was then questioned by the SSB and then frisked. A bag was then recovered from the man, identified as 49-year-old Bal Bahadur Yava. Inside the bag they found a jar of snake venom. He is a resident of Jhapa, Nepal. Later, Yava was handed over to the police at Khoribari police station. Booked under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, he was produced at the ACJM Court in Siliguri on Friday. “His bail prayer was rejected and he has been remanded to two days police custody,” stated Sudip Rai Basunia, Assistant Public Prosecutor, Siliguri. The bullet-proof glass jar bore labels of Red Dragon (the name of the company) and Made in France. The jar is being sent to Haffkine Institute, Mumbai for tests. It may be mentioned that since 2015, multiple jars of snake venom have been recovered from this region.
News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more September 5, 2017 — A new study reviewed more than 5 years of records of pediatric patients treated for sports concussion to determine if magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed structural changes to the brain that may be related to persistent symptoms. The findings are reported in an article published in Journal of Neurotrauma.Robert Bonow, M.D., and a team of researchers from the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital coauthored the article entitled “Prevalence of Abnormal Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings in Children with Persistent Symptoms after Pediatric Sports-Related Concussion.”Structural injury is uncommon in sports concussion in children, although nearly 13 percent of the children in this study underwent MRI. Whereas in adults concussion symptoms tend to resolve within several days, post-concussive effects such as headaches, irritability and cognitive difficulties may persist for a month or more in about 25-30 percent of children. The current study indicated that MRI in children with persistent symptoms after concussion rarely identified brain injury.”From the Journal’s perspective this is an important communication,” said John T. Povlishock, Ph.D., editor-in-chief of Journal of Neurotrauma and professor, Medical College of Virginia Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. “It provides important guidance for those clinicians caring for children with persistent symptoms of concussion. The large sample size and the rigor of the retrospective analyses strongly support the validity of the study’s finding that only a small fraction of these children present with routine MRI-detectable intracranial lesions. While not endorsing a prescriptive approach, this report does provide important insight for those clinicians considering conventional MRI in children with persistent concussive symptoms.”For more information: www.liebertpub.com/overview/journal-of-neurotrauma FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Neuro Imaging | September 05, 2017 Study Assesses Usefulness of MRI for Pediatric Sports-Related Concussion Five years of MRI records indicate MRI rarely identified brain injury in children with persistent concussion symptoms
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